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UK cosmetic/aesthetic surgery faces tighter regulation:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The surgical procedures used in the cosmetic and aesthetic industry will come under far tighter regulation in England than hitherto, if the government adopts the advice of the Healthcare Commission (CHAI). The report "Provision of cosmetic surgery in England", highlights the need for "further examination and assessment of the risk" of the unregulated cosmetic and aesthetic industry, in order to identify which procedures present a safety risk and should be regulated accordingly. It also calls for standard definitions of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures to be developed to support the regulatory process. Some of the technologies involved should be subject to mandatory specialist training, CHAI recommends. "The safety and quality of cosmetic and aesthetic procedures need to be kept under regular review, not least to understand and respond to new developments," said CHAI's head of operations, Simon Gillespie. The Healthcare Commission's full name is the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI).

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